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If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you know that my husband is an engineer. He is skeptical about new and untried ideas. He has not shared the enthusiasm I have had for studying nutrition, though he does acknowledge that our health has improved in many ways. You have to understand that background in order to realize the significance of his conversation yesterday in the break room.
He told this story while he and our daughter were eating breakfast this morning. (They were eating the pumpkin waffles posted on the forum by Jill. My husband does not like pumpkin pie. He does not eat pumpkin as a side dish. But he gobbled up these waffles).
He said: I was in the break room washing out a cup, when I noticed a guy from another department standing there staring into space, not saying a word. Suddenly without warning he said, "Do you take vitamins?" It caught me off guard, but I answered, "Yes, my wife gives me quite a few." The other guy said, "My wife gave me this list and I'm supposed to stop at a health food store on the way home and buy all these vitamins."
(Our daughter was beginning to grin as her dad continued) I looked at the list and said "Oh Yea, I take calcium, it helps you sleep better at night. I take some of this other stuff too. I used to get boils on my back, but I haven't had one in years.
(Our daughter is now laughing hysterically - remembering all too well how many times he has skeptically looked at the vitamins on his own plate and said, "What is this junk?" He continued his story.) I told him - "don't think of vitamins like medicine. They won't cure you in a couple of hours or a couple of days like a drug would. Think of vitamins as working with your body to build health naturally from the inside."
He ended his story by asking if I would write down the address of the Blood Type website. I often read from people on the Forum or in other columns how frustrating it is that the significant people in their lives (spouses, parents, children, friends) won't accept Blood Type principles. Don't give up on the people you love. Keep gently nudging them, keep quietly pointing out areas where their health is improving, and keep offering healthy choices. They may be absorbing more than you think. Someday when confronted by someone looking for answers, they may surprise you by how much of the BTD lifestyle they have appropriated as their own.
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